The book argues that the diagnosis of depression has been bent greatly out of shape through misuse and needs to be replaced by other concepts that correspond more closely to what people actually experience. The sturdy term nerves from the past is a ready candidate, and nervous breakdown is still meaningful to many people. Drawing upon two centuries of psychiatry's past, the book is written to be accessible to the general public and convincing to specialist readers. No other book in this field has such scope, nor such a deeply learned ability to use the past in service of the present.
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Oxford University Press
February 01, 2013
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